- Directors: Michael Wadleigh
- Format: AC-3, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, NTSC
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
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- Studio: Warner Home Video
- Release Date: June 9 2009
- Run Time: 224 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 122 customer reviews
- ASIN: B001NXDSLQ
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,640 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music Director's Cut (40th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition)
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Woodstock 3 Days of Peace and Music Director's Cut 40th Anniversary Special Edition (DVD)
The three-day Woodstock music festival in 1969 was the pivotal event of the 1960s peace movement, and this landmark concert film is the definitive record of that milestone of rock & roll history. It's more than a chronicle of the hippie movement, however; this is a film of genuine historical and social importance, capturing the spirit of America in transition, when the Vietnam War was at its peak and antiwar protest was fully expressed through the liberating music of the time. With a brilliant crew at his disposal (including a young editor named Martin Scorsese), director Michael Wadleigh worked with over 300 hours of footage to create his original 225-minute director's cut, which was cut by 40 minutes for the film's release in 1970. Eight previously edited segments were restored in 1994, and the original director's cut of Woodstock is now the version most commonly available on videotape and DVD.
The film deservedly won the Academy Award for Best Documentary, and it's still a stunning achievement. Abundant footage taken among the massive crowd ("half a million strong") expresses the human heart of the event, from skinny-dipping hippies to accidental overdoses, to unpredictable weather, midconcert childbirth, and the thoughtful (or just plain rambling) reflections of the festive participants. Then, of course, there is the music--a nonstop parade of rock & roll from the greatest performers of the period, including Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Canned Heat, The Who, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Ten Years After, Sly & The Family Stone, Santana, and many more. Watching this ambitious film, as the saying goes, is the next best thing to being there--it's a time-travel journey to that once-in-a-lifetime event. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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this fourth disc contains 3 extra songs (& 3 extra featurettes) NOT INCLUDED
in the standard box set.
the main feature is now split over 2 dual layered dvds (instead of a double sided, single layered disc - the previous dvd release)
the color and grain are much improved. the sound is great too, 5.1 for the extra songs disc as well .....
the standard extra songs are a delight, and one WISHES there were more ...
perhaps they're holding off for the 50th annivesary ???
while the 2 disc version (feature film only) is $19.99, THIS 3 disc version is $48.99 .....
what do you get for the extra 28.99 ????
3rd disc of extra songs (EXCELLENT)
a collection of 'featurettes' on the making of (ok, but still your classically 'bad' studio made filler-featurettes) a REAL doc, made in the spirit of the film would've been much more classier ....
a scaled down reprint of the LIFE magazine 'woodstock' issue (VERY NICE)
a 'woodstock' patch (I DON'T CARE)
an envelope with a few reprints of some of the original handwritten notes/announcements that were read over the PA and a reproduction of the 3-day ticket (I DON'T CARE)
a LUCITE display with images from the festival (I DON'T CARE)
i'll mention the 'featurette' on the bethel museum, but it's more like a pathetic COMMERCIAL for the place rather than something genuine that was made for THIS release.....(i believe you get that with the 2 disc version as well)
all packaged in this suede fringed box that contains another cardboard box inside that holds all the elements. i thought it impractical.
so you can decide. other reviewers on the web have noted that it is 'plenty classy' ......
obviously i wish that i could've had the choice to buy ONLY the dvds MINUS the 'trinkets' ..... for LESS.
i don't like being forced to pay for 'stuff'and'packaging' that i don't want, to get the 'stuff' i DO want .....
anyhow, i bit the bullet on this one because this STILL is one of the most important and best made documentaries EVER .....the camera work and editing are still a sight to behold ...... and i've been dying to see more concert footage ....
hope this helps.
it WAS great seeing that CCR footage for the first time !!
Despite the mud and the squalor, this is an extraordinarily beautiful film, with the screen often breaking up into two or three segments. (Note on the closing credits the name of Martin Scorsese on the production team.)
It's well worth contrasting this movie with the DVD of the 1970 Isle of Wight festival. Only a year separates the two concerts, but the late 1960s idealism of Woodstock gets replaced by prototype British vandalism. The Who perform at both concerts, and make an equally good account of themselves. Daltrey's emotional delivery of 'See Me, Feel Me' helps to explain why 'Tommy' became such a phenomenon in America. Hendrix also performed at both, but his meandering solo at Woodstock was not of the highest standard.
The other highlight of the show was Santana, a Latino band only just beginning to establish themselves in California at the time. As others have noted, the drum solo by Mike Shrieve is impressive for one so young. As with the Who, Santana's album sales will have multiplied as a result of their Woodstock performance.
It's interesting how many great acts weren't at Woodstock -- e.g. Joni Mitchell (despite her song about the concert!), the Doors, Bob Dylan or the Stones. The first two clearly realised how important these festivals were in the breaking of artists into markets, and so they appear on the Isle of Wight DVD.
For most of my life, Woodstock has been a set of static images, largely taken from the cover of the album. But as this film reveals, there is so much more imagery than pictures of beautiful women bathing in the lake. Quite apart from all the idealism of passing whisky bottles and reefers around, of sliding in the mud, the film shows the flip side: of people queuing in the mud to phone home, of helicopters rescuing the sick, of helpers cleaning toilets, and of barefoot stragglers looking for a pair of shoes amid a post-concert site that looks more of a wasteland than the trenches of the First World War.
Enjoy it in all its glory and all its grime.
Interesting to find out that Woodstock was the second performance for Crosby, Stills, and Nash (in the days before Young). Ritchie Havens was out of sight, Jimi Hendrix far out, and Country Joe McDonald a blast. Rock and roll and folk music came together for a once-in-a-lifetime event that could never be duplicated (why did people botther trying?) and, truth be told, I'm deeply jealous of the people who were there.
The coolest part of all was when Max Yasgur, owner of the farm the festival was held on, got on stage and said that Woodstock was proof that young people could get together and have three days of peace, love, and music and nothing but three days of peace, love and music.
This video is a first hand glimpse into the turmoil that was the 1960's (e.g. older people arguing amongst themselves that the festival was wrong because the young kids were having sex and getting high while others thought it better that they were there instead of being in Viet Nam). You can feel the tension and the too cool atmosphere of the festival through the TV.
Ah, nothing like the 1960's. What a decade!
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